Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Research

The Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Research (MEMO) is funded by the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at Swansea University. It brings together more than twenty scholars working in the fields of literature, history, philosophy, European languages and classical studies, covering the period approximately AD 400 to 1800.


MEMO's Key Research Themes

 Wales, England and the Marcher lands: borders and cultural exchanges 

• Social, spiritual and cultural identities 

• Gender, Religion and systems of belief 

• Topography, space and place 

• Health humanities: histories of medicine and the body 

• Medieval towns and cities: urban and rural cultures 

• Natural philosophy and history of ideas 

• Language and multilingualism


Current Research Projects

More information on the research projects that MEMO members are currently involved in can be found here

News and Events

The 8th Annual Symposium by the Sea, ‘The Face of Battle in Medieval History and Literature’, Thursday 19th June - Friday 20th June 2014. Programme confirmed and registration open.  More info.



Viking Swansea - Fact or Fable?

MEMO Research Day. 10th April 2014, 10.30-5.15.

Kindly supported by the Research Institute for Arts and Humanities, Swansea University and The Learned Society of Wales. More info.


Medieval Anchorites in their Communities

An international conference hosted by MEMO and the International Anchoritic Society (IAS)

22nd - 24th April 2014 at Gregynog Hall, Newtown, Powys

Generously supported by RIAH; Medium Aevum; The Royal Historical Society; University of Wales Press; University of Liverpool Press

Full registration information and a programme can be accessed here.


MEMO has a thriving postgraduate community, both at MA and at PhD level. Click here for information about degree schemes and Postgraduate study